It makes kids’ hearts sing … and parents’ hearts sink.
The sight of an avalanche of candy spilling out of your child’s Halloween bag after a long and successful night of trick or treating. Mountains of chocolate and taffy and caramel and lollipops and every other kind of candy imaginable.
The first thought that enters most parents’ minds is, “All this sugar is going to have my kid bouncing off the walls!”
That thought is usually followed by, “What is all this sugar going to do to my child’s teeth … and overall health?!”
Everyone knows that too much sugar is bad for you. But how many kids want to receive a pencil or nickel in their Halloween goody bag? Surely, there must be a healthy alternative that will satisfy the sweet tooth of each ghost and goblin who comes to your door….
‘Good sugar’ versus ‘bad sugar’
The truth is not all sugars are created equal. Refined sugar, which is found in most candy, has been associated with obesity, diabetes, liver disease and a host of other health issues. Sure, it tastes good, but the nutritional benefits are nearly nil.
Then there is honey.
“Honey is actually sweeter than refined sugar and has twice the nutritional profile, even though it contains less fructose and glucose than refined sugar,” explains Rango Honey president Jason Zimmerman.
Just as importantly, Honey, particularly raw honey, packs a powerful nutritional punch, including:
- amino acids
- minerals (including iron, calcium potassium and magnesium)
- vitamins (including B & C)
In addition, many of the antioxidants found in honey are classified as flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties
“Sugar is higher on the glycemic index (GI) than honey, meaning it raises blood sugar levels more quickly. That is due to its higher fructose content and the absence of trace minerals,” adds Zimmerman.
So what do we do about Halloween? We can’t just drizzle some honey into the bags of every witch and vampire that rings the doorbell! The good news is there are some fun and easy recipes to make your own honey-based Halloween candies. The following are a few ideas to get you started:
This fun and easy recipe essentially has just one ingredient – honey! You and the kids will have fun cooking and stretching the honey into taffy. https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/honey-taffy
Another fun and simple recipe that will not only make your trick or treaters smile, but could also help soothe a sore throat when the cold and flu season hits full force!
Honey Nut Butter Candy
This recipe is from a mom whose doctor advised her to switch from sugar to honey to help with her son’s Celiac disease. Like most honey-based candies, these treats will quickly go from crunchy to chewy in your mouth. Yum!
We hope you enjoy with these quick and easy honey-based candy recipes. Be sure to check out Rango Honey’s online store for all of your honey needs. Happy trick or treating!